Today we were awakened early in the morning hours with howling winds, and blowing snow! By the time we go up and started breakfast, there was at least an inch of snow on the ground. We watched clouds flying by, dumping snow here and there, but mostly, we watched snow blow around, along with anything else not nailed down. We decided to stick close to home and not try to venture out into the wind to go skiing. It would not have been much fun either, as later in the day we saw they had closed a few lifts due to the high winds. These were not your average winds, either! 18mph sustained, with gusts to 50mph+, in some cases. There had also been a warning to those traveling, no high profile vehicles recommended over the high passes and the foothills into Denver. After feeling these winds rock our Mammoth with stabilizers down, I can imagine what that might do while driving.
After the sun came out in the afternoon, we decided to make a run to WalMart, in Frisco, CO just about 5 miles down the road. We bought discout lift tickets and a few other things we needed, then we drove down the Main Street of Frisco. It looks like a noce place to visit and shop, if we had more time.
We headed home, and Tony cooked a wonderful spaghetti meal. We had a little issue with two of the three burners on the stove not wanting to light, be we aren't worried, the weather could be a factor. We have had to refill two propane tanks already this trip, so maybe there is some air in the line causing the issue.
After dinner we watched one of my all-time favorite movies, "Better Off Dead", a teen movie from the 1980's staring John Cusack, that has a skiing theme. One of the noted quotes from the movie, a suggestion on how to ski a dangerous slope: "Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn!" Seems to apply to life, too, sometimes.
All in all, a relaxed day.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Today we got up early and got ready to go to the slopes. Breckenridge had 3 inches of snow, and the day was sunny and temps were milder than usual. We anticipated large crowds would eventually be doing the same thing, too! I had picked up some supplements yesterday (called SportLegz) that are recommended to help keep you from getting leg cramps during exercise, so we took them before hitting the slopes. We have taken them before, and they work! It's just hard to find them in stores when we go skiing. Well, the conditions were great, and the weather was perfect. Only the lift lines became the cramp in our day. We skied 14.3 miles today, and really had a great time.
Me on the lift (in blue)
Peak 8 base area
After we returned home, we had a knock at the door. Our new friend Ruth Ann stopped by to drop off a sweetbread dessert that she had made! We gave her a tour of our coach, messy as it was with ski stuff dumped everywhere. Oh well! You can tell we're right at home in the Mammoth.
After resting a while, we started planning our trip home, and realized there were some weather issues we need to consider. Another Severe Wind Warning was going into effect, and snow was predicted, as well. We decided staying put was in our best interest, so Tony headed up to the office to pay for another night, and I got our water filled again. As I was doing so, another Heartland Owner's Club member pulled in with their Road Warrior. We'll try to go by and meet them tomorrow.
Dinner was wonderful leftovers, and then relaxing, we watched one of the series of "The National Parks -- America's Best Idea" and I worked on the blog.
I can't believe this year is almost over. We've really enjoyed all of our Mammoth travels.